Super Bowl Sunday: Snacks that Score a Touchdown!

Aloha friends!

Are you gearing up to get your feast on for Super Bowl Sunday this weekend? The day wouldn't be complete without beer and snacks, right!? It can definitely be a day for overindulging. According to the Calorie Control Council if you moderately indulged in a typical game day spread you could potentially be consuming more than 2400 calories and 121 g of fat according to the USDA National Nutrient Database -- and that's just during the game. That doesn't include any pre- or post-snacking that you might do. The quantity of calories consumed on game day actually even beats out calories consumed on Thanksgiving day!

Although that might all sound really scary, over here at the #domesticphd we do believe in enjoying all the foods you love, with the ones you love, but in moderation. The reality is that overindulging on game day isn't going to make or break your efforts to eat healthy for the rest of the year, so go for it! But if you do want to make healthier choices on game day we have a few tips and snack ideas for you below. Whether you are in it for the football or Lady Gaga's half-time show, we've got you covered! 

6 Tips for healthier game day eating:

  • Skip the take out and make your own snacks.
  • Bake snack foods that you would normally fry.
  • Sneak in veggies wherever you can (e.g., nachos, veggie plate, tacos)
  • Choose lean meats for burgers, meatballs, tacos, etc
  • Have a game plan. If you are hosting make sure you serve a few healthier options or if you are heading to a game day party make your own healthier snacks ahead of time and bring to share.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you consume....we can almost hear the laughter....but remember this is just a suggestion ;)

Snack ideas to satisfy your game day squad:

  1. Scrap the potato chips and try making kale chips or baked chick peas.
    • Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients, including iron, calcium, and vitamins A and B6, just to name a few. Remove the ribs from the kale and break the kale leaves into smaller pieces.Place on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 275 degrees and bake until cripsy (~20 minutes). 
    • Baked chickpeas are another great option. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, fibre, folate, iron, and other minerals (e.g., zinc, magnesium). Rinse chickpeas and blot dry with a paper towel. Toss chickpeas in olive oil and season as you wish (e.g., salt, pepper, cayenne pepper) and bake in the over at 400 degrees for ~30-40 minutes.
  2. Bake sweet potato fries instead of having regular french fries to cut back on some of the calories and fat.
    • Cut the sweet potato into wedges and season with olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until tender (~30-40 minutes). If you want to include an easy mayo dip try mixing curry powder into the mayo (trust us it's delicious), but if you don't want to add a dip the baked sweet potato fries stand on their own as well!
  3. Bake your chicken wings instead of frying them.
    • Drop the fat content by boiling your wings before you bake them. Serve with a side of veggies to sneak in those extra veggies. For a delicious wing sauce try an apple butter barbecue sauce.
  4. Scrap the ranch dip and chips. Try guacamole or hummus with baked tortilla chips with a lentil or bean base.
    • The guac is easy peasy. Mash together avocados, diced red onion and grape tomatoes, lime juice, salt and pepper.
    • For the hummus blend chick peas with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, tahini sauce, and salt and pepper in the blender. 
  5. Make tacos with lean meats or shrimp and swap the wraps for lettuce wraps.
    • Check out our previous post for a delicious taco recipe using lean ground turkey topped with a mango salsa.
    • Another option is to make shrimp tacos in lettuce leaf wraps. This goes great topped with the mango salsa as well (tried.tested.true).
  6. Make your own pizza using thin whole wheat crust.
    • Try our slow cooker pulled chicken pizza, but instead use a whole wheat thin crust (go ahead and even buy it if yo don't have time to make your own). Top with arugula (and be generous).
  7. Loaded Veggie Nachos
    • No need to give up nachos, but why not just load the nachos with veggies!!! If you want to add protein considering adding fried tofu or lean beef (if a meat option is what you prefer). Over here at the #domesticphd we can never say no to cheese, but use it moderately. Serve sour cream and salsa on the side so you and others can control how much you get with each bite.
  8.  Get creative with your veggie plate.
    • Another easy way to sneak in your veggies is so simple. Make a veggie plate and plate it in the shape of a football or design it like a football field. Trust us, something about arranging all the veggies into a shape will just go over great with your guests. (Note: A friend of ours said they made a veggie plate in the shape of a turkey for Thanksgiving and people went nuts over it!).
  9. Make your own crockpot chilli. 
    • This hearty recipe is chalk full of veggies and fibre and is sure to be a winner during half-time! It also could not be easier. In the morning combine the following in your crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours:
    • 1 onion chopped, 3 cloves garlic minced, 2 medium carrots chopped, 2 celery stalks chopped, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 jar of your favourite  tomato sauce (low sodium), 1 can each of the following, rinsed and drained: whole corn kernels, mixed beans, chickpeas, black beans. 
    • Season with chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 cup of frozen peas 10 minutes before serving. Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and sprinkle with grated cheese for an extra kick of creamy, calcium and protein! 

We are sure any of these snack ideas will be fan favourite game day dishes. Enjoy!

xo Michelle & Kathryn